Joel Kaplan
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What Joel is doing at work when you call him:

Joel maintains a varied law practice that includes sophisticated real estate acquisition, joint venture and finance transactions, representation of private equity funds, corporate finance and M&A transactions and general corporate contracts and counseling.

The real estate practice focuses on complex acquisitions, joint venture and finance transactions representing owners, developers and real estate equity funds. Joel has particular expertise in the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment and sale of multi-family residential and mixed-use projects. The scope of his real estate finance practice includes joint ventures, preferred equity, mezzanine debt and other structured finance transactions. Joel has represented both sponsors and real estate funds in crafting joint venture relationships. He has also helped real estate owners and developers syndicate the ownership of their projects to investors.

Joel has substantial experience in the formation, syndication and operation of private equity funds and in structuring their investments to meet tax planning goals and regulatory requirements. His clients include funds that invest in real estate, asset-backed securities, mortgages, commodities and general securities He is among the leading practitioners in this field in the Pacific Northwest. Joel has organized and syndicated a number of captive REITs to mitigate the effects of UBTI on tax-exempt investors. This work brings him to the intersection of many areas of law: real estate, corporate, tax, ERISA and securities.

Joel's corporate and securities practice includes organization and ongoing representation of business entities and mergers and acquisitions. He has substantial and varied experience in IP licensing, and product distribution issues.

Here are some of the places Joel used to work:

Joel founded Oregon Law Group in 2011 after practicing at several mid-size Portland firms…he runs into former law partners all over town! Joel took a break from law practice between 1994 and 2001 to work for a financial services firm. He rose to become president of an insurance company and led the company through its sale to ING Group.

This is what Joel does to help his community:

Joel gives back to the Portland community by serving as a “partner” of Social Venture Partners Portland ( SVPP combines grant making, volunteerism, nonprofit capacity building and philanthropic education. The unique SVPP model is called venture philanthrophy. Social Venture Partners has chapters in a number of major cities across the US.

All work and no play makes Joel very dull. Here is how Joel has fun:

Joel and his wife Pat love to travel. In recent years they have been to New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France (weeklong bike ride through the Loire Valley), Belgium, France, Ireland, the UK. They have traveled extensively in South America, including visits to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, and hikes in Argentine and Chilean Patagonia.

At home Joel likes to turn baseball bats on his lathe. Every year he puts in a large vegetable garden. Joel enjoys road biking, tennis and swimming. He is retired from professional curling. (To be precise, he joined a curling league with one of his daughters a few years ago. They won $100 in a skins match during their first tournament. Joel promptly retired.)

Joel does not do this alone…he has a great family:

Joel’s wife Pat is a real estate broker and fine tennis player in her own right. They have two daughters…Madison is a corporate finance attorney in Midtown Manhattan and Taylor is a developer for a real estate development firm in Portland, OR.


Elia Popovich
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What Elia is doing at work when you call him:

Elia is probably working on a business or real estate transaction. He helps folks with all sorts of real estate deals: buying, selling, developing, leasing, and financing. In the last few years, he has closed real estate transactions worth more than a billion dollars. He serves as leasing counsel to several large local property managers. Elia also helps businesses and investors form their corporate entities and arrange capital and financing. His corporate practice features the formation of joint ventures and includes mergers and acquisitions, syndications, non-profit administration, and preferred equity investments. Elia advises clients regarding just about every type of financing, including portfolio, hard money, mezzanine and conduit loans, and bond financing.

Here are some of the places Elia used to work:

Elia has previously been a partner at Roberts Kaplan LLP and Foster Pepper LLP. Before that, he worked at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP and Ater Wynn LLP.

This is what Elia does to help his community:

Elia has been an elected precinct representative, a member of the Portland Business Alliance, and a member of Portland’s City Club. He is currently the president of the board of Agia Sophia Academy, and a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Next 10 Committee.

All work and no play makes Elia very dull. Here is how Elia has fun:

Elia most enjoys spending time with his family: his wife Kat and two young boys, Leo and Rade. They play soccer, ski, and generally enjoy Oregon’s natural bounty.


Chris Riha
Direct: 971-285-4263 | vCard

What Chris is doing at work when you call him:

Chris advises clients on a variety of matters including complex business and real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing and sales, private offerings, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and contract matters. Chris focuses his practice on the formation and capitalization of businesses and real estate ventures, including institutional investments and syndications, and acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Where Chris used to work:

Prior to joining OLG, Chris practiced with Bingham McCutchen LLP in Los Angeles as a member of their Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities and Private Equity practice groups. While there, Chris regularly represented private equity funds and operating companies in acquisitions and divestitures ranging in size from $20 million to over $1 billion.

Where Chris went to school:

Chris attended Case Western Reserve University where he earned both his JD cum laude and his MBA. While at Case, Chris served as the Senior Editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review and focused his studies on corporate and securities law, corporate finance, real estate and strategy. Before attending Case, Chris earned his BA in economics from UCLA.

Where Chris is admitted to practice:

Chris is admitted to practice law in Oregon and California.

What Chris does for fun:

Chris is an avid soccer fan and die-hard Portland Timbers supporter and enjoys cheering on the UCLA basketball and football teams all season long. Chris is a supporter of Portland’s craft beer industry, tries to find time to brew his own beer at home, and is occasionally called a beer snob by his friends and family. He also enjoys hiking, skiing and generally enjoying the outdoors with his wife, two sons and two dogs.


Lesa Allen

As the Paralegal at Oregon Law Group, Lesa is an integral part of the firm. Lesa assists our attorneys with a vast number of duties, including company filings and regulatory compliance, preparation of corporate and real estate transactional documents, reviewing and organizing transaction due diligence and title research.

Lesa acts as a central point of organization on most matters, and works closely with all of our attorneys and other paralegals to assist our clients expeditiously.

Work History

Lesa brings almost 25 years’ experience as a Corporate, Real Estate and Land Use Paralegal for a number of prominent Portland and Seattle law firms, including Perkins Coie LLP and Helsell Fetterman LLP.


When Lesa is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing and photographing the beautiful Northwest scenery.


Recent Transactions

  • In 2015 Oregon Law Group’s four lawyers closed real estate and corporate transactions with a transaction value in excess of $3.6 billion.
  • We have closed on the acquisition and development/construction financing of more than 45 ground-up multifamily, mixed-use, office and industrial projects since 2011.

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